Where I End tells the story of Katherine Clark and her paralysis. However, her story didn’t end the day she became paralyzed from the neck down because of an accident on a playground. God continued and continues to work miracles in her life to this very day. She still has pain and suffering but she has chosen to see it from God’s view and has found hope.
Katherine’s story was heartbreaking as I read the story from a mom’s view. I cannot imagine looking at my children and seeing the pain in their eyes as they saw this whole accident play out before their eyes. I appreciated her transparency and honesty. After one particular section of the book, I looked at my husband and said, “If I’m ever paralyzed or in a traumatic event, please put on my glasses.” I had never thought of the fear that I can’t see on top of not being able to talk! I was so thankful she wrote that into her book!
Another part of the book I loved included the quote from C.S. Lewis. She says “I found the truth in C. S. Lewis’s words, ‘We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.’ How much suffering would I have to endure and for how long? When pain is coupled with an undetermined amount of time, without the assurance that relief is coming soon, this is the perilous playground of doubt and despair.” I hadn’t thought of suffering in that way before, but that is so true. The not knowing how long we will suffer is what leads us into doubt and despair. It gave me a new way to pray for myself and for others who are suffering.
Thought she has walked and is walking a long, painful, and seemingly endless journey this side of heaven, she is not bitter. She even writes about the day she saw the kid who had caused the accident. The emotions that had swollen up in her were definitely ones that are understandable. I’m so thankful that Katherine Clark chose to tell her story, even this particular one. There is so much that we can learn from how she has chosen to suffer well for the glory of God. I in no way want to make light of her pain because it is pain indeed. But because of where her hope lies, she knows that her suffering has a greater purpose.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.